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French Bread Pizza

  • Prep Time:
    5 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    18 minutes

  • Total Time:
    23 minutes

  • Yield:
    6 servings

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This easy and cheesy French Bread Pizza is prepared in minutes! A hearty homemade pizza recipe made with garlicky French bread topped with stringy mozzarella, pizza sauce, and spicy pepperoni slices.


  • 1 large loaf French bread (see note)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 cups grated (low moisture) mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup sliced pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Slice French bread in half lengthwise. Press the bread down firmly using your hand or another baking sheet to make it less airy, and more compact. You don’t need to flatten in, you just want to deflate it a little so it doesn’t get as mushy when baking. 
  3. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and parsley together. Stir to combine. Brush the melted butter evenly on top of the bread.
  4. Place the bread on the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven for 7 minutes, or until lightly toasted. 
  5. Remove the bread from the oven and sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese on each half. This helps stop the sauce from absorbing into the bread, causing it to get soggy. Top the cheese on each half with tomato sauce, spreading to coat. Then sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly on top of the sauce. Add on the pepperoni (as much or as little as you prefer), and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning onto each half.
  6. Place the pizzas in the oven for 11 – 12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, and lightly browned. 


  • Avoid a crusty baguette style loaf, choose a larger, softer french bread. You can make my homemade French Bread Recipe if you want to bake it from scratch!
  • To reheat pizza, place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 7 minutes.